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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise provided by Cruise Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
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Updated 13/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 13/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The Whitsundays Islands’ sandy beaches and sun-soaked landscapes lie just off the coast of Airlie Beach. This cruise visits two of the islands’ most memorable attractions: Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island. Go swimming, snorkeling, or just laze on the sand at Whitehaven Beach, then cruise on over for sightseeing on a self-guided tour, with lunch at a waterfront restaurant on Hamilton Island.
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    Cruise Whitsundays
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Hamilton Island Marina
    Stop: 3 hours
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  • 3
    Whitehaven Beach
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • Stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands aboard a high-speed catamaran
  • Free time at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island
  • Self-guided tour gives lots of choices for how you want to spend the day
  • Hassle-free: includes shuttle transfers around the islands
What to Expect
Make your way to the Port Airlie marina in time for an early-morning departure. Board your air-conditioned high-speed catamaran and set sail for the Whitsunday Islands. You will be dropped at the beach and have the morning to spend at your leisure. Continue to Hamilton Island in time for lunch, cruising across the scenic Solway passage. Dine at the Marina Tavern overlooking the marina. Spend the afternoon exploring Hamilton—the largest island resort in the South Pacific. All tour participants can use the island’s shuttle buses to hop between sights such as Front Street, Marina Village, One Tree Hill, and Cateye Beach, and there are ample walking trails and swimming beaches to choose from. Other possible activities include a visit to the Wild Life Hamilton Island nature park, where you can spot native Australian animals such as koalas, wombats, and crocodiles, or water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding. Self-guided tour visitors can also opt to visit Hamilton Island in the morning and Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon. After a full day exploring, board your boat for the return journey and end your tour back at Airlie Beach.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, Queensland Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Island cruise on large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Complimentary use of island shuttle buses and resort pools
  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch at Marina Tavern
  • Activities on Whitehaven Beach
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Wildlife Park at own cost
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Cruise timetable subject to change
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 240 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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Popular mentions
Brianna C wrote a review Oct 2020
Redcliffe, Australia8 contributions
Great day! The tour are very quick, organised and efficient getting everyone on and off the boat not utter chaos like other tours I’ve been on. The only negative would be that the pick up boat to take us back to Airlie from Hamilton island showed up a lot later then what was
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Reservations Supervisor at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi bmcob, Thank you for your review, sorry to hear that the boat arrived later then expected but glad to hear that you enjoy the journey.
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fishmad11 wrote a review Sep 2020
Smithfield, Australia16 contributions1 helpful vote
Tour booked for 7am online states cafe open at 6:15 so came early to get some breakfast and coffee before tour but cafe was still not open by boarding time at 7am lots of people waiting to spend money but not open
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service & Sales Manager at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 8 Oct 2020
I am sincerely sorry to hear that cafe was not operational on the morning of your tour. We have recently had some issues with some of our kitchen equipment which resulted in the delayed opening. I do hope that the rest of your day was however enjoyable.
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xiaojie00 wrote a review May 2020
Malaysia280 contributions84 helpful votes
If you like sunbath, beach and sea water only, you will have fun here. Whitehaven beach have nothing. There is no any food store or equipment rent. not even coral there and shade for cover. I like the sand, so tiny.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service and Sales Manger at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 7 May 2020
Thank you for your review. There are no shops or development on Whitehaven Beach as it is strictly protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marina Park Authority. There are many walking tracks, lookouts and 7 km of silica sand and crystal-clear waters to indulge in. Whitehaven Beach is one of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the world.
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bhavna wrote a review Feb 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
great tour if you havnt got lots of time in this part of the World. The ferry that takes you to Hamilton island was speedy with great professional staff. The amount of time at Hamilton I felt was enough. We hired a buggy when we got there which helped to get around the island a
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach.
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Tony H wrote a review Feb 2020
Perth, Australia159 contributions39 helpful votes
Cruise from Airlie Beach to the beautiful white sand of Whitehaven beach. Very pleasant stay there for a couple of hours and then back to Hamilton Island for the afternoon. Took buses around the island exploring places and hotels and resorts for the first time. Later in the day
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Date of experience: July 2019
About the operator

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Sheryl M
A great experience
Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. Great half day experience. Crew were amazing. Whitehaven Beach has been on my 'to d
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We should have checked out the tour before booking it
Having had an aggressive cancer a few years ago I have a bucket list of things to do. One of them is to visit White
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Camira Sailing Adventure
My husband and I did an all inclusive full day tour on the Camira today and had a wonderful time. The day started
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We had a awesome day the experience as educational too . The sailing was a bonus and the snorkeling fun too. The fo
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Boring. Terrible. Waste of money
Terrible day, waste of money and not recommended. A day I won't get back. If your over 40 they discriminate. Pul
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Staff were great
Did the half day Whitehaven Beach. No need to say that it was beautiful. You get about 2 hours on the beach, you ma
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Lovely sailing experience, great food and snacks provided and the crew were friendly down to earth and accommodatin
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scuba diving
amazing and so worth the extra scuba activity. reef world was so fun and the staff were amazing and so helpful. rea
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Best option and value for money !
A very professionally run out fit ...fantastic staff great food and a really fun packed day... this trip includes
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Do it now before it gets too busy
You are sailing in paradise, how can it get better? The crew. The crew were amazingly friendly and helpful and set
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10/10 day trip, highly reccommend
Absolutely amazing day! The tour guides were super friendly and helpful, and very informative about the islands. Co
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Better than expected
This full day boat ride to the reef was really genuinely amazing. Morning tea, lunch and arvo tea was provided whic
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This should be on everyone’s Wishlist!!!
Everything about this cruise was excellent -from the ease of booking, the wonderful cruise itself from Port of Airl
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Reliable and convenient
Reliable and convenient company to use when travelling through the Whitsundays. We used Cruise Whitsundays for felt
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Ellie C
WOW! What a way to spend the day!
Absolutely cannot recommend this sailing excursion more. From the moment you board (or for us out of Daydream Islan
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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